This directory page is intended to assist you in finding organisations involved in military history and heritage in Victoria.
Please make contact with the organisations directly.
The Museum is a Lake Boga Lions Club project and is a memorial to those who worked on and with the Flying Boats during World War II and particularly commemorates the contribution made by service men and women stationed at the No. 1 Flying Boat Repair Depot, Lake Boga, Victoria.
The Lions Club of Lake Boga run the Museum, now housed in a modern hangar which was officially opened on 21st April, 2012, overlooking the shores of Lake Boga in Willakool Drive. They employ staff and volunteers as guides and the Museum is open seven days a week between 9.30am and 4pm (except Xmas day and Good Friday).
“PERPETUATING GALLANT SHIPS and BRAVE MEN”
PATRON: CDRE Jim Dickson AM MBE RAN Rtd
Parading as the Mount Alexander Rifles (1865 – 1895)
Researching and Re-enacting Victoria’s Early Military History
The Victorian Colonial Infantry Association Inc, Mount Alexander Rifles are a group re-enacting Victoria’s Colonial Military past…
MHHV Foundation Member
We are available to add a historic military presence to community celebrations. Members attend in period military uniforms, and, depending on the event, can set up a historically accurate display of military life in the 1800’s, or fire a blank volley from period rifles. We are also available to give talks to community groups on early Victorian military history. The Victorian Colonial Infantry Association Inc. researches the members and units of the early Victorian Defence Forces (VDF).
If you have an ancestor in the VDF, we may be able to help you find out where and when he served.
Volunteers outside the Old Castlemaine Drill Hall, c1868
The Association was formed in 1860 and held its first individual competition at the end of that year. The first intercolonial teams match, Vic vs NSW, was held at Sandridge Range (Port Melbourne) in 1862. The first "Queen's Trophy" competition was held in 1881 on a range at Emerald Hill in the Albert-Middle Park area. In 1876 an Australian Rifle Team, consisting of shooters from NSW and Victoria, was the first team ever to officially represent Australia in any sport in international competition. They toured Britain and the USA competing in various shooting competitions including the USA Centenary Celebrations and the inaugural Palma trophy. This tour was so successful that it was decided to send an official cricket team overseas the following year.
By 1876 the early Melbourne ranges at Emerald Hill, Sandridge and elsewhere had been closed and a new range at Williamstown was opened in July 1876. This became the focal point for target rifle competition in Victoria for over a hundred years.
In 1885, the first civilian Rifle Club (Melbourne R.C.) was formed with the blessing of the VRA. Many others soon followed. After Federation in 1901, Rifle Clubs came under army control, but in 1921 they were reconstituted as a purely civilian organisation, where they have remained ever since.
In 1901 a new range at Port Melbourne was opened particularly for the use of civilian Rifle Clubs. It functioned until 1937, when all activity concentrated on the 220 target range at Williamstown.
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